For this weeks The Gallery, Tara has chosen a theme very close to home - KITCHEN
I love my kitchen. It is only 3 years old and I do spend a lot of time in there. Unfortunately owing to a boiler and heating system which has broken down I have not been home since Friday so I have been unable to photograph my kitchen for the purpose of this weeks Gallery, and I almost wasn't going to participate. However, instead I am going to use some which I have taken over the last few months.
I live with a man who firmly believes that apart from the kettle a kitchen is a place where the woman of the house resides and cooks the meals. In the 6 years I have been with him, my OH has cooked for me 3 times in total (spaghetti bolognese). Now don't get me wrong, I love cooking and I cook well and I am happy to prepare the meals BUT I don't want Burton and Jenson growing up believing that a kitchen is a place just for women! As it is Burton tells people thats it is "mummy's kitchen".
I want them to learn some cooking skills and both want to help out with (all) such domestic duties because they are not only learning important life skills, but they will be prepared for when they live away from home and when they share a home with their future partner/s.
So far Burton has helped me make gingerbread men, muffins, pizza and cakes and he really enjoys it. I will (hopefully) show him how to make other things as he gets older, and I will encourage Jenson to do the same. I think it is important that sons aswell as daughters are taught to cook and help out in the kitchen and I will do my best to instil this into my two boys.
It will be my legacy to teach them some great recipes and for them to understand that a kitchen is a shared room for mummies and daddies and children!!
Wednesday, 30 November 2011
For this weeks The Gallery, Tara has chosen a theme very close to home - KITCHEN
My 30 days of writing a post for my blog every day finishes today.
I have to say that when I started this journey, I wasn't sure if I would be able to keep up my personal challenge of writing a post every day on top of the usual ones I do anyway (eg. the Gallery, Silent Sunday etc..) . Yet here I am a month later and I did it!
I was also concerned that people would be fed up of me blogging every day, but 47 posts later (total for the entire month) I am happy to report that I received lots of support, post views and comments. In fact possibly more than I would normally get. So thank you to everyone that stopped by this month and boosted my blogging confidence.
If I were to break it down then I would say the positives and negatives of blogging everyday are as follows:
Boosted my blogging confidence
Revitalised my blogging mojo
Helped me to identify which type of posts people like to read and comment on, which is useful for moving my blog forward
I feel it has helped me to find an identity for my blog at last, and I feel comfortable with it and my style of blogging finally!
Gave me a chance to write about things which I may never have had the courage to do otherwise
Less time on twitter as most nights in between doing my mummy jobs I was writing posts
It was on my mind a lot as I as always thinking of ideas for posts and their content
Ended up having some late nights as a result of it
All in all the positives outweigh the negatives so I am pleased that is the case.
THOSE 30 POSTS
I am really proud of the 30 posts I have written for NaBloPoMo - a couple were recipes which don't really count - but those aside, I honestly think I have penned some of the best posts I have ever written for my blog. I certainly had some of my highest viewings for a few of them which makes me really chuffed.
These were the most read (and commented on) posts I wrote over the month:
20 Month Age Gap
Two Little Boys
Finding Out I Was Pregnant
Muddling Through Parenthood In My Own Way
This makes me really happy because these were all written about me :my experiences and feelings and were very personnel to me. Indeed certainly with the last two I really exposed myself and wasn't sure whether to post them or not. I am so glad I did, not just because they were viewed well but because of the wonderful comments I received on these posts. those comments have shown me that I can write and I can write about subjects which other people relate to and can emphasise with.
So in true Jenny style, I would like to thank NABloPoMo in my own unique way and say well done to all the other bloggers who took part - we did it!!
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
As Heston tells us all: ."Just sprinkle it on ...... and they'll smell just like Christmas trees, straight from the forest."
Now don't get me wrong, I LOVE Christmas trees and I love a good walk through a forest and I really LOVE eating mince pies but do I want to eat all those flavours at once, and have a winter wonderland taste bud extravaganza inside my mouth?
I do have a real tree for Christmas now and it's smell is pleasant enough. However,I have to admit that I never buy pine scented toilet cleaner because I find the smell of pine a little over powering. Therefore, the thought of eating something I enjoy that is doused in pine scented sugar dusting seems a little off putting to me.
Besides what about the other smells that could derive from a Forrest?
Now if Heston had invented a Christmas smell like mulled wine, or cinnamon, cloves, or Christmas pudding then that would be more likely to get my mouth salivating. I know he likes to think 'outside the box' and come up with something totally different, which he has succeeded with here, but I am just not sure if a Christmas tree flavour is it for me.
So as much as its a wonderfully creative and festive baking idea, I don't think I am persuaded to give the pine sugar dusting a go myself - the thought of eating a food I really like which has been topped with something which will remind me mostly of toilet cleaner is not appealing to my taste buds!!
How about you?
If you have tried this magical dust please tell me what you though of it, I am very curious to know if the concept really works.
Monday, 28 November 2011
I think if Burton was telling you his top tips for going from using nappies to using the potty they would go something like this
When the need to wee occurs cross legs and declare "wee mummy" and hobble over to the potty whilst holding your crotch
Remove pants and trousers and socks - they just get in the way
Sit on potty making sure willy is in - if in doubt push willy down with fingers BUT take care not to get fingers wet with wee
When you have finished, tell mummy and insist on showing her what you have done at least once!
Put pants back on taking care to make sure label is at the back, although sometimes the label is at the side and this gets confusing and results in a "willy is out mummy" situation! Which then results in much laughter from mummy and Burton!
When the need to poo occurs announce to mummy "poo mummy" and then quickly dash over to the potty and remove all items of clothing again on his bottom half
Sit on potty ensuring willy is in again - just in case it's a "poo wee mummy" moment!
Once the deposit is in the potty sit back as far as you can to look at what you have just deposited.
Have a good jiggle on potty seat so that there is bound to be 'leftovers' on the seat where bottom needed wiping!! Also occurs from moving back to examine what has just been deposited from the in between your legs view!!
Tell mummy that you have done a "poo" or "poo wee mummy" and again makes sure she sees it and in some cases carry the potty over to show her! If other people are around show them too!!
Get up and walk around until mummy catches you and says its time to wipe your bottom and then say "no mummy" and sit back down again!
Whenever mummy asks you if you are finished so she can wipe your bottom keep telling her "no mummy"
Sometimes you may decide to start putting your pants back on before mummy has had chance to check that you have finished and wipe your bottom!
Once bottom has been cleaned run around the living room pant less and away from mummy with a naked bottom being sat on the sofa!! Followed by much laughter from him and not so much by mummy!
These top toddler toilet training tips are brought to you by Burton and mummy!
Care to share any of yours?
Sunday, 27 November 2011
Saturday, 26 November 2011
You will need:
1 ripe pear (I used a conference)
4 small broccoli florets
1 handful of frozen peas
1 handful of grated cheese
1 tbsp cream cheese
100ml full fat milk
Steam the broccoli and peas until soft and place in a bowl
Peal and chop the pear and add to the steamed veg
In a smaller bowl tip in all of the dairy products and place in microwave for about 2 minutes til the cheese has melted and sauce is thicker
Tip in to the pear and veg and blend until smooth/textured depending on your baby's weaning/eating stage
Give to hungry baby - nom nom
Makes about 3-4 portions (again depending on your baby's appetite)
Why do you have to break down now we need you working? We have only had about 3 days of heating in the last three weeks and we have had to have a plumber out three times already! Last night you packed in again and we have had to have yet another part ordered. I am just grateful to be at my mums for the weekend where there is heating in abundance and I can walk around without lots of layers and sleep in minimal bed wear rather than looking like I am off to the Antarctic!!
So please stop getting air pockets in your pipes and sort yourself out before the weather gets even colder!
(with warm fingers and toes for first time in a while (without the need for socks and gloves)
Please when I ask you to do something can you please just do it and not get in a paddy and throw a little strop. Or can you please hurry up and not take forever because I get impatient warming for you to wash your hands whilst you mess about, or put your socks and shoes on about 6 times before we go anywhere. Also you keep telling me you "don't like" your food, even meals you usually do like. Enough already just keep quiet and eat it, you are two not 22!!!
(your not so patient) mummy xx
Ps. You will be having an early night tonight as you are very tired!
Please can you stop using my nipples as soothers - don't get me wrong I love having our snuzzles and you am happy that you are still taking your nightime feeds from me, but sucking for at least an hour each night is getting a little tiresome. Plus you shouldn't be waking up in the night as much now surely? Afterall you eat plenty during the day and have a feed before you go to bed so come on please sleep through.
(your tired and blood shot eyed) Mummy xx
You know I love you and everything about you and your festiveness but you are creeping up on me far too quickly!! I am just not in the thinking about presents kind of mood yet, probably because I am a bit tired and thinking about what post I can write about each day until 1st December!! Oh and annoyed that my underfloor heating is knackered!!
See you very soon Christmas.
Temporarily bah humbug
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Friday, 25 November 2011
Back in August I posted a piece about Burton being faddy about his eating and after reading the lovely comments I received I deduced it was me of his many phases. Meal times were starting to become very fraught especially the ones where daddy sat with us as he was taking Burton not eating his meals a little too far, I felt personally. I didn't want it becoming an issue. As far as I was concerned, and still am, if Burton refuses to eat something I know he likes usually, unless he is ill, then he is told that there is nothing else so he either needs to eat it or that's it. If it is something he has never eaten before, or he is unwell, then just one mouthful to try his meal is all I am asking him to do and would warrant having something he does instead.
|that was 'mummy'|
However, a couple of weeks ago he started drawing smiley faces on a drawing app that I have on my iPad and he drew these
|my little artiste at work ;)|
So basically, for the last couple of months his eating has been great again and he has been eating his meals by himself again using his cutlery and not his hands (!) and not complaining and only very occasionally grumbling about what is on his plate. That was until the "I don't like this" reared it's screwed up face last weekend!! I am hoping this is also a phase and although the good old smiley face game is still working, just about during this new meal time palava, I am wondering if it has had its day as it is getting harder to distract him from what I am placing into his mouth!
Oh well hopefully meals will return to some kind of 'normality' and no doubt a new reason not to eat them will crop up. Still on the plus side, at least Burton's smiley face drawings have come on in leaps and bounds - always good to spot a positive for every negative!
What measures have you resorted to to get your child to eat their meals? Have you had the "I don't like it" phase too?
** I have since discovered that cousin Ben did teach Burton the "I don't like it" phrase -after spending time with him yesterday!
Thursday, 24 November 2011
Wednesday, 23 November 2011
It's a bit of a predictable cliche for me to state here that the things I am most proud of are my wonderful children. I honestly feel that they are my greatest accomplishment and of course I am immensely proud of them
Tuesday, 22 November 2011
As I mentioned and revealed in my recent Gallery post, Burton is always using my iPhone to take photos and indeed take videos of random things but mostly of his family. I love finding these little gems in my photo album, they really make me smile. Recently, he asked us all to say 'cheese' now before he takes our photo!
|mummy & bebe (!) Jenson|
|me (no make up - yikes!) & Jenson|
|me on Twitter!|
|Jenson watching TV|